75,000 PEOPLE ARE HOMELESS AFTER FLOODS IN SOUTHERN MALAYSIA
DEC 22 2006
Relentless floods in southern Malaysia have now killed six people and forced around 75,000 from their homes, national media said on Friday.
The southern state of Johor bordering Singapore was the worst affected, with some 65,000 victims taking shelter in schools and community halls, Bernama news agency said.
The floods, which followed this week's heaviest rainfall in a century, submerged buildings and washed out roads in Muar and several other big towns in Johor.
"The floods in Johor and other states in the Malaysian peninsula have shown no signs of subsiding soon," Bernama said.
It said police had recovered the body of an elderly woman in Johor on Friday, bringing the death toll so far to six.
Military and police deployed helicopters to airlift emergency food supplies and take patients to hospital.
One flood victim in Muar said he had lost everything.
"The flood water rose so fast at about 2 a.m. when my family and I were asleep," Shahril Yusof told Reuters. "I could not salvage any of my belongings."
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